This is a gentle Thirteener (13223ft) located within the boundaries of the Indian Peak Wilderness Area. It is generally more of a peak-bagger, hiker-type of peak; however, it does host some pleasant snow couloirs & rock scrambles. It, as most high peaks, is exposed to weather, lightning, etc., so consider that it can be a long time to get down below treeline. Winter approaches are extended by the fact that the road is closed well before Brainerd Lake. Bring skis or snowshoes for winter flotation. Summer time access is compounded by additional US access fees which are collected from relatively early in the morning. Plus, they do check your car when/if you park earlier than the beginning of their shifts.
The elevation gains is a mere 2730ft from the summer trailhead.
This is typically accessed from Brainerd Lake, which lies off the Peak to Peak Highway (CO Hwy 119), just N of Nederland. Head W on the road when you see the sign for Brainerd Lake. Continue to the Blue/Mitchell Lakes trailhead. Park. Hike about 3 mi.
The easiest descent is the East Slopes descent, which is a hiking trail. The upper bit is fainter but you can see the well-carved trail down below. It feels long and tedious after a romp up a more fun line.
Weather station 0.9 miles from here
2 Total Routes
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This couloir is on the south side of Audubon and makes an excellent ski descent. The couloir is only visible as you get close to Blue Lake. It has a significant zig westward in the middle, hence the name "Crooked". Best months for an ascent or ski descent are May and June. After that the couloir melts out and is a giant mass of scree.Approaches (1) Hike the trail to Blue Lake (probably snow covered). Walk around the north side of the lake and head up the couloir. There may be several snow ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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